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Shakira and Gerard launch a very special baby shower! 

If you are expecting a baby, you might like to follow the example of pop singer Shakira and her FC Barcelona footballer husband Gerard Pique.

Just before the birth of their first son, Milan in January of 2013, they launched a virtual baby shower to help UNICEF.

Now, they have done the same for their second child, also a boy, and would like other parents to do the same.

They are asking well-wishers to support Unicef and buy a gift such as medical equipment to help with safe births, blankets and baby scales.

Other gifts include a soccer ball, which serves as recognition of the power of sport to promote a healthy, happy childhood and a storybook to promote the love of reading and learning.

“There are millions of kids in the world who die daily from preventable causes, and with your help we want to change this permanently,” says Shakira on her Facebook post. “Every baby deserves to have the best possible start and because we all can and should help. We hope this campaign will continue long after our baby is born and encourage other parents to share their joy and pay it forward by helping less fortunate children around the world.”

The couple are using the new button on Facebook to give people the chance to donate.

“Now that we are soon welcoming our second child we want to help other children around the world and also contribute to a long-lasting solution for getting children living in extreme poverty the supplies they need to survive,” said Shakira who is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

“We also want other parents to feel compelled to do the same,” Shakira added. “With the explosion of social media, celebrities aren’t the only ones who have platforms that can reach mass audiences, and we want this movement to keep going long after our baby shower has ended, so we want to invite them to host their own baby showers with Unicef as well.”

The “Inspired Gifts” website can be found at unicef.org.uk/Shakira and also at http://www.worldbabyshower.org/